There’s only one you.
One version of you.
One set of gifts and talents that has arrived on this Earth.
The particular recipe of gifts that is ‘Joe’ will never ever be here on Earth again.
What gifts are waiting inside you? And how do you want to use them?
What are you going to put yourself and your life in service to?
I’ve been thinking about this one for a long, long time, Joe. The funny thing is, as I’ve focused on my gifts… and as I’ve simply refused to put those gifts in service to what I don’t believe in, or to work for companies or endeavors that I know are damaging, the Universe has stepped in … and I’ve been gifted opportunities to develop and grow myself in ways and in places I never would have imagined. I’ve been given a chance to discover and get better at doing work I never ever planned to do and yet it’s work I’m made for and work I’m proud of.
And it has certainly made all the difference in my life to refuse to do work that I’m ashamed of. To choose instead to go without or to stay a little poorer rather than do dishonorable work.
I honestly believe work is where most of us make the biggest difference in the world. Because our work shapes the world. It doesn’t matter how lowly or lofty that work feels… our work matters.
So, one of the really important things you can do at this amazing choice-point in your life, is to think about the world our human species is making, the mistakes we’ve made, the things we need to do to correct those mistakes or to mitigate their worst effects — and those mistakes are everywhere, from farming to food to finance to education to transport to energy to the way we govern and manage pretty much everything — and then think about your gifts and where they meet that world.
Whatever happens now, no matter how bad it’s going to get — and things are looking pretty bad — it’s going to take every single one of us to maintain the best possible world we can.
We’re going to need aware, conscious, courageous, moral, intentional, skillful, stubborn, steadfast people in every single walk of life… every one of them working from a different handbook of how life works.
Working with a different, truer set of rules.
You can be one of them, Joe.
You just need to be aware of how life really works.
You just need to know that it’s not a machine.
It’s a web of connection.
A web of relationship, that makes itself and changes itself.
That despite how we speak about things, we are not in charge of the machine; we’re participants in this living web, living alongside each other and inside something much, much larger than ourselves.
Something that works in a particular way.
The simple fact that we — you — are not separate means we — you — can never do only one thing.
Everything we do has consequences.
Almost all of them invisible to us.
Consequences we will never ever see or hear or know about.
Consequences that are as real as the nose on your face and the air you breathe through it.
knowing all of this,
is to go into the world and into your work
with that head on your shoulders
knowing that with every step you take and everything you do
you’re participating in a web of life
that is making and changing itself.
knowing all of this,
you can make the biggest difference of all:
sign up to make the world
than it is now.